Pownal Elementary School

Lunch prices will be $2.60 for a full lunch and 60¢ for milk.  The menu for the first day of school is Chicken Fajita Wrap or Hot Veggie Sub.  A new lunch menu for September will come home on the first day of school.  The breakfast program will also be available again this year.  Cost for breakfast is $1.70.

Kindergarteners through fifth graders start school on August 31st. Our prekindergarten students will join us on September 1st. School starts at 8:30 and ends at 3:00 for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarteners attend from 8:30-11:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. They attend all day on Wednesday. Pre-K students attend from 12:30 50 3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

There is no school Friday 9/4 or Monday 9/7 for the Labor Day weekend. The district calendar for the year can be found here.

The school calendar also contains important dates for students and families.  Some key dates to note are:

August 31st-First day of school

                    6:00 PreK orientation

September 3rd 6:30 Volunteer Orientation

September 8th 6:30 Impact meeting

September 10th 6:00 Open House and Cookout

As part of the district capital improvement plan there have been some major upgrades at PES this summer.  The side lot has been paved, the front sidewalk reconfigured, and the playground blacktop has been extended.  A new ventilation system was also installed.  This will improve air quality and heat circulation.

Volunteers are a critical addition to our learning team at Pownal Elementary School.  To support volunteers and teachers, I am implementing a new training for all volunteers who will be working with children.  This will be an opportunity to learn more about safety procedures, curriculum, and building policies.  It will also be a great time to ask questions and learn ways volunteers can support each other.  There will be a session from 6:30-7:15PM on Thursday, September 3rd and repeated on  Wednesday, September 9th at 8:30AM. If you are interested in volunteering but cannot make either of these sessions, please contact me and we can make an alternative appointment.  This will be required of all volunteers.

PES notices is an important communication link for the school.  Families need to sign up for this service to be added to this email list.  In addition to mailing this letter to families, I sent it out through PES Notices.  If you did not receive an electronic copy, I encourage you to go to http://pes.rsu5.org/ and click on Email Links to sign up to receive school messages.  We recognize that email is not an option for all families, and we will collect a list of those families who need paper copies of PES notices.



We will be welcoming some new staff members to PES this fall.  We’ve hired some fantastic educators and are excited for you to get to know them.  I know you will help them feel welcome and supported as part of our school community. 

David Whiting is our new art teacher.  David lives in Falmouth and recently worked in Topsham.  David will be at PES on Monday and Tuesday morning.  The rest of the week he will be at Morse Street School.

 Tatiana Green will be our new halftime nurse.  Tatiana lives in Freeport and has worked as a school nurse in Vermont, Yarmouth, and Cape Elizabeth.  The district nursing team is thrilled to welcome her.  

Jennifer Winkler joins us as a 15 hour educational technician.  Jennifer is a highly qualified teacher who is reentering the workforce after taking some time off to be home with her family.

Kelly Barton is our new special education teacher.  Previously Kelly worked for Child Development Services supporting families and teaching preschool students.  

Katie Brunelle is our new gifted and talented teacher.  She served in a similar position in Westbrook.  She will work at PES, Mast Landing, and Morse Street School. 

             Jamie Palmer returns to the classroom as a second/third grade teacher.  Jamie spent last year as one of the district’s k-5 literacy strategists. She is excited to return to the classroom and incorporate her new knowledge of the vertical curriculum in literacy.

Matt Halpren replaces Jamie as the literacy strategist working at Morse Street School and PES.  Matt has experience as a kindergarten teacher and literacy coach at the USM literacy collaborative.

Melissa Johnson is the special education instructional strategist.  She will be shared between Durham Community School and Pownal.  She does educational testing, runs IEPs and supports programming for students with individual education plans.


Through the budget process, my position changed from being split between district support and PES to full time at PES.  We were also able to add an additional day of guidance to Jim Donoghue’s schedule this year.  This returns Mr. D to PES fulltime!


The district welcomes Kim Austin, our new Director of Nutrition. She brings great energy to finding ways to make the school lunch program meet the needs of families.  


The district also welcomes a new superintendent this fall.  Ed McDonough most recently served as the superintendent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Look for opportunities this fall to share your priorities and insights with Mr. McDonough.

His first Superintendent’s Update can be found here:



IMPACT Meeting
IMPACT meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the library. Minutes can be found on the IMPACT link on the PES website.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Share with a classroom opportunity: Do you or anyone you know have or would like to share their knowledge with students on why lichen, moss, bacteria, and/or algae may be growing on gravestones or can identify what the different growth organisms can tell us? Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

Become a Volunteer: Do you have any talents, hobbies, or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies, or interests with PES classrooms. Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their curriculum. IMPACT will be linking these resources creating community partnerships in education. We have had over 30 PES families sign up to receive volunteer need notifications. You can send a message to Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com noting that you would like to join our Volunteer List.

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